Creativity blossoms across the show with stunning gardens that both thrill and inform
“Romance Blossoms” is a fitting theme for the 2015 edition of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show — Valentine’s Day is Saturday during the show! It’s also a time when creativity blossoms throughout the show’s acre of breathtaking gardens.
THE “SHOW’S OWN” GARDEN GRANDLY WELCOMES SHOWGOERS
The romance begins the moment you enter the show. You’ll make your grand entrance through the South Hall, where the show’s own dreamy garden creation, “Romance Blossoms,” sets the stage for the 21 themed gardens by the region’s top landscape designers.
There might not be a better spot to propose marriage (or a romantic interlude) than under this garden’s centerpiece arbor adorned with flowering plants. A dazzling spherical stone fountain surrounded by abundant flowers flirts with your senses, and the drama is heightened by a towering waterfall accented by flowering trees and spruces. Bandera granite has been cut and softened to provide a seating for lovers exchanging whispers of devotion.
This garden love affair represents collaboration between the Northwest Flower & Garden Show staff and regional landscaping experts, including Marenakos Rock Center (Preston), Mark the Pond Guy (Sumner), Seattle Solstice (Seattle) Terra Firma Hardscapes (Everett) and Windmill Gardens (Sumner).
“Succulent Love,” a dramatic living-art homage to love, told in the language of plants — a lavish, 14-ft.-high “heart” formed with over 15,000 hand-planted sedum plants — is yet another stunning ode to romance and Valentine’s Day. Created by California-based visionary nurseryman Robin Stockwell, the one-of-a-kind piece will showcase 10 different species of sedums artfully planted over the past several months.
Stockwell shares his expertise in designing living garden tapestries, and the creation of the show’s excusive heart piece during his seminar, “A Living Heart Through Succulent Art,” Saturday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
The region’s top Garden Creators are embracing the show-wide “Romance Blossoms” theme — and there will be more eye-popping color than ever! The show’s amazing collection of 21 marquee display gardens will feature upwards of 50% more flowers in glorious bloom, thanks to the show’s commitment to an expanded “forcing” program in collaboration with Cascade Cuts (Bellingham) and Windmill Gardens (Sumner).
These gardens reflect the expertise of their Garden Creators — blending plants, hardscapes and art into jewel-like settings accented by theatrical lighting. Stunning to admire, they are full of inspirational features you can incorporate into your own garden.
2015 GARDEN CREATORS
The theme was “Romance Blossoms” due to the show being open on Valentine’s Day.